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59cm specialissima wabi-sabi

May 20, 2014

Over the past couple years    within the walls of a small non-profit community bike shop     I've refurbished hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of bikes. Many of them have blended and blurred together in a hazy foggy soupy slurry of new cables & housing, brake pads, chains, tubes, tires, rusty reach adjustment screws and sleep deprivation. But this Univega Specialissima is one of those bikes that stands out   in the crowd. A bike   if seen   locked-up outside the post office    I would instantly know     as one   into which  I poured a couple hours of my life  and it didn't feel like, as Stevil described the assembly of entry level bikes - dying a little bit - as it does with all the chunky clunky aluminum front-suspsension mountain bikes I've put my hands on.  

The Specialissima was a top-shelf sport-touring bike from the early 80's that was built for Univega by Miyata. The origianl owner of this Specialissima bought it at Gregg's and gently rode it here and there before it sat in the garage for 25 years or so. It's got all the braze-ons and do-dads and plenty of clearance for giant tires and fenders. And now it's free to roam the streets again. You might see it around town for the next 30 years or so

pay no mind to those handlebars a country mile high       the frame & fork are where it's at        long-point lugs with hand painted diamond cutouts and a fork crown Grant Peterson would admire

 the complete bike is $405 at Bike Works

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pilderwasser said...

Doctor J. Lonner would look good on this bike

Posted May 21, 2014 07:46 PM | Reply to this comment

pilderwasser said...

Professor David Girard would look good on this bike

Posted May 21, 2014 07:59 PM | Reply to this comment

pilderwasser said...

75 Max would look good on this bike

Posted May 21, 2014 08:03 PM | Reply to this comment

steve said...

This bike looks good on your website

Posted May 22, 2014 10:05 AM | Reply to this comment

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